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Prof. Lindsay M. Harris Comments on “Zero Tolerance” Immigration Policies

Tuesday, July 24, 2018   (1 Comments)
Posted by: UDC Law Staff
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Professor Lindsay M. Harris continues to make headlines as the Trump administration’s so-called “zero-tolerance” policy continues to treat migrants and asylum-seekers as criminals along the nation’s southern border.

In a June 29 Washington Post article, Professor Lindsay M. Harris detailed the Trump administration’s all-out assault on asylum seekers, as President Trump recently declared migrants should be deported “with no Judges or Court Cases.”

In the past few months, Professor Harris has contributed her insight to Voice of America and VICE News coverage of a planned legal challenge to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ directive that victims of domestic violence and gang violence are ineligible for asylum relief, gave legal analysis on the implications of the Trump administration’s executive order and attempt to modify the Flores settlement after the widespread public outcry against child separations on the border in Reuters, and spoke to Newsweek and VICE News about the immigration court backlog facing asylum seekers who arrived at the U.S. border in a “migrant caravan” this May. Professor Harris also spoke to the pressing need for attorneys to represent migrants affected by the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy in two articles for Law 360, “What Attorneys Can Do to Reunify Immigrant Families” on May 30 and "Sessions' Asylum Ruling Highlights Immigrant Counsel Need” on June 12.

In July, Harris spoke to Newsweek again, making the case that the Trump administration’s practice of summarily refusing entry to asylum seekers at the border violates the 1951 Refugee Convention and the U.S. Refugee Act of 1980. She also told Voice of America on July 19 that the denial-of-asylum rate has “skyrocketed” since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued his June directive to U.S. immigration judges attempting to eliminate domestic violence and gang violence as grounds for asylum relief. Harris was also a guest on the Baltimore NPR affiliate WYPR’s Midday with Tom Hall, where she spoke about the legal and human costs of the “zero tolerance” policy and what separated minors and their families can expect going forward.

UDC Law’s faculty is not alone in making news. UDC Law Immigration and Human Rights Clinic client “Maria,” who was granted asylum last year thanks to the work of clinic students on grounds of domestic and sexual violence in her home country, appeared in a video interview with VICE News in the wake of Sessions’ June directive eliminating asylum claims based on "private violence."

The centerpiece of UDC Law’s focus on immigration justice is the school’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, which provides direct representation to survivors of persecution and violence before the U.S. Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and other administrative and court venues. The clinic also engages in community education and hosts events, such as an all-day pro se asylum filing workshop for unrepresented immigrants held in partnership with Human Rights First that resulted in 13 completed applications. The clinic will host a second workshop this year on September 28, and the Latinx Law Student Association will participate.

Founded in 2010, the clinic is co-directed by Jack and Lovell Olender Professor Kristina Campbell and Assistant Professor Lindsay M. Harris, who joined the faculty in 2016. Clinical Instructor and Supervising Attorney Saba Ahmed, a former staff attorney with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, also supports the clinic’s work. Just two years ago, UDC Law doubled down on the good work of the clinic by hiring Professor Harris and awarding Professor Campbell a named professorship.

 

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hossein hosseini says...
Posted Saturday, August 4, 2018
thank you

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